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Daily Dosage - Mar. 14, 2009

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Duguay A bizarre story off the top... Ron Duguay is making a comeback!  The 51 year old has signed a two-game contract with some semi-pro league called the EPHL.  In another bizarre twist, he's going to play for two different teams???  In his first game he'll play for Brooklyn against Jersey and then he'll suit up for Jersey, the team he played against in his first game, in a tilt against Danbury... could this possibly be a publicity stunt?... hey Claude Lemieux's road back to the NHL started in China this year so you just never know?!? 

Caught a few of the CBJs games lately and continue to be really impressed with rookie Jakub Voracek.  His 34 points this year won't blow you away but when you consider that he's averaging only 12:36 of ice time per game, has been under 10 minutes more often than he's been above 15 minutes, only four of his points this year have come on the PP and that he's playing with a center like Mike Peca lately... roll all that into a ball and we think that Jake would have had a breakout season this year if he was on a different team.  

Versteeg Kris Versteeg picked up a goal and an assist last night to give him 48 points in 63 games. He's cooled down a bit from a hot November (only eight points since February 1st before last night) but you should expect him to play around a half-a-point per game pace the rest of the way.

Henrik Sedin had a big game last night as well...2+1=3.  After three games without a point Henrik finally got on the board in a big way.  He now has 60 points in 66 games. 

Cristobal Huet stopped only 17 of 21 shots last night as the Hawks fell to the Jackets and Cris is struggling with a record of 2-4 in his last seven games with a 3.47 gaa & .881 sv%.  With Nikolai Khabibulin back from injury expect Huet to receive around 50% of the starts...less if he keeps this play up.  He should have stayed with the Caps.

Vermette Antoine Vermette appears to like his new digs in Columbus.  He had a big two goal game last night to help the Jackets knock off the Hawks.  That's six points in four Columbus games for AV.  Could he finally be living up to all his promise?

Not everyone that got traded at the deadline has found it so easy... Ales Kotalik has donuts in four straight for Edmonton and only three points in his last 10 games overall.

Another goal last night for Alex Burrows and that's six in his last six games for those keeping score at home.  Our new poll wants to know which of four forwards that are less than 50% owned in Yahoo leagues would be the best pickup for your fantasy hockey team if you had one empty forward spot.  In our old poll, you guys liked Al Strachan as your favourite rumourmonger although Dwayne Kessel made a late charge once people figured out that Dwayne Kessel = Eklund (e5). 

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):Ilya

Ilya Kovalchuk will be sitting out tonight's matchup to give his upper body injury a bit of time to heal.  It doesn't sound serious so don't get too worried Kovy owners.  He'll be re-evaluated on Monday by the Thrashers and it wouldn't surprise us to see him in the lineup Monday night against the Caps.

Hossa One star out, one star in.  Marian Hossa expects to be lacing 'em up tonight after he pronounced himself fit to play   Activate him if you can.  Obviously.

Evgeni Nabokov has also pronounced himself ready to go tonight.  No official word if he's starting but we would expect him to.  He's been out seven games so you might want to wait a game if you have another decent option so Nabby can shake off the rust.

Returning to action from the injured list last night was Martin Havlat.

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  Time to fire up the old Hockey Hodge Podge....with your host Alex Trebek:


  • Our good friends at Down Goes Brown give a tribute to an old friend that we'll really miss...fighting after the face-off.  We've had some good times over the years.
  • To us baseball is what you watch in between hockey seasons.  But here are two good baseball themed hockey links for you.  Justin Morneau picks his Team Canada (Tavares = gutsy) and The Battle of Alberta does the math so you don't have to with their Baseball Style NHL Standings (as of Thursday's games)
  • Check out what might be the greatest curling shot in history (or so we are told).  Must...avoid...making...joke...about...curling.  Phew, made it.
  • Thanks to NHL Fanhouse for reminding us how far the NHL's marketing has come since 1982. 
  • Gary Bettman on The Hour.  It's nice to see Gary Bettman not getting all defensive in an interview for once.  He almost seemed human in that video...must be fancy editing.
  • And finally....a big hit AND vomiting.  Now that's what we call entertainment!

(Stick tap to Barry Melrose Rocks)